I met Irwin Schiff several times during the 1990s. He spoke at our Citizens For Legal Reform meetings at Dallas, Texas. I interviewed him on my own radio talk show two or three times, and he advertised his books in my magazine (the AntiShyster). He was determined to make a difference and was a “character” of considerable proportions. We weren’t close friends, but I liked and respected him.
Irwin Schiff was born on February 23, A.D. 1928. During his life, he was the author of several books including The Federal Mafia, a radio talk show host and, most of all, a warrior who fought the IRS and the Internal Revenue Code. He was repeatedly charged both civilly and criminally for his anti-tax activities. He was imprisoned several times (three?) for income tax evasion or other crimes against the IRS. Prison didn’t deter him. Whenever he was released, he went right back to fighting the IRS and refusing to pay income taxes.
Most recently, Irwin was convicted on October 24, A.D. 2005, in the U.S. District Court in Las Vegas, Nevada, on multiple counts of filing false tax returns for the years 1997 through 2002, aiding and assisting in the preparation of false tax returns filed by other taxpayers, conspiring to defraud the United States, and (for his own income taxes for tax years 1979 through 1985) tax evasion, and sentenced for the last time, to prison. Everyone knew it was a death sentence.